Thursday, September 22, 2016

My Poetry Workshop Adventure Part 2

Here I am, back in the real world after four amazing days at Highlights. There is so much I want to share, but I've been grading papers all evening, and it's nearly 11PM.  So for now, I’ll just say that it was every bit as magical as I hoped it would be.

Spending time with Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard was a dream come true. I was very nervous to meet them, but their warm, welcoming ways instantly helped me feel at ease. They are kind and generous teachers who filled us with inspiration and encouragement. We laughed, we sang, we read, we wrote, and we deeply listened to each other. Each poem, each critique, each person mattered. We were all there to celebrate poetry!  I’ve been to many workshops, but this was by far the best one.  “The Heart and Craft of Poetry” was a life-changing experience for me because for the first time in my life I felt like I found people who spoke my language and shared my heart.


                                                        our group photo
                                             
I was happy to finally meet some of my Poetry Friday buddies.  They are an incredible bunch, and it felt like we were all old friends.
                                      The Poetry Friday gang with Rebecca and Georgia.

The folks at Highlights took excellent care of us, and made us feel at home with delicious food and cozy accommodations.
                                                
                                                   my home for four fabulous days

I wrote in my notebook each night before bed so I wouldn’t forget a single moment.  I sure hope I get to attend another Highlights workshop. If you have the opportunity to attend one, I know you will love it!
                                                            our poet-tree

My friend, Catherine is hosting today's Poetry Friday at Reading to the Core. 

15 comments:

  1. There is nothing like finding your own people. Sounds wonderful!

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  2. It was a treasure I won't forget for a long time and you've captured it well, Linda. It was a "delight" to spend time together! Happy weekend writing!

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  3. Happy to hear you had such a wonderful experience at the workshop, Linda!

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  4. Oh Linda, it sounds so divine! How fortunate to meet up with a few of the poetry Friday friends as well!

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  5. So glad you had a fun, productive time! Were you not in the cabins? That pic of your room makes it look huuuge!

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  6. What an exciting, inspiring experience, sure to get the spirit fired up and the creative juices flowing!

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  7. I feel the connectivity & the wonder that followed you home from your magical Highlights poetry time, Linda. Appreciations for sharing!

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  8. I've so enjoyed reading about and seeing pictures from this wonderful workshop experience. Now I just need to get myself there!

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  9. Linda, how wonderful to see this come to fruition. Didn't you talk of wanting to go to this early in the year in one of your Spiritual Journey Thursday posts? Dreams do come true!

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  10. I reqlly wanted to go to this, Linda, but alas, not this time. I so enjoyed my last one with Rebecca. It was a terrific experience. Hope to be part of one next year. And I hope you all will come back!!! Sorry to miss such wonderful Poetry Friday friends and new ones to be made. Janet F. aka Janet Clare on fb

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  11. It was so wonderful to be at Highlights with you and our other poetica friends! I'm looking forward to reading more about your WIP!

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  12. Wonderful. I hope I get to go someday. :-)

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  13. What a wonderful opportunity! I love hearing the excitement and inspiration in everyone's posts as they share about their Highlights experience!

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  14. Linda, I am glad that you had such a fabulous time at the Poetry Retreat. I wanted to attend but could not this summer since I went to ILA16 and planned a family trip to Las Vegas. I hope we see some of your treasured work.

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  15. It was so nice meeting you, Linda. Your spirit shines.

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